Coaching & Hockey Operations

General Manager – Derek Alfama

Derek Alfama joined the CWHL and the Blades for the 2018-19 season with 10 years experience in women’s hockey. He served as an Assistant Women’s Hockey Coach in the NCAA, ECAC, and Hockey East divisions. He has also acted as Assistant Coach for Providence College’s Women’s Hockey team.

Alfama was a part of the staff at Norwich University, receiving American College Hockey Association Division III Women’s Staff of the Year Award in two of his three seasons. He was also awarded the 2016 Hockey East Coaching Staff of the Year with Providence College Hockey staff and was runner-up in 2017.

Head Coach – Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy joins the Blades with a wealth of hockey knowledge earned from USA Hockey. He was the Power Skating Coach for the Women’s National Team, retiring in 2014. Kennedy began his career in 2003 where he coached the East Coast Wizards Program. He also launched All Out Summer Skate in 2005 for college players to hone their skills in this eight-week program.

Assistant General Manager & Director of Hockey Operations – Andreas Athanasopoulos

Andreas began working with the Blades in 2017 as the Technology Manager. The Salem State College graduate works for MLB Network & MLB.com as a Tech, and ANC as a field representative as well.

Goalie Coach – Mike Gergosian

Mike Gergosian has worked throughout the NCAA with Endicott College and Boston University. The current national consultant for professional, NCAA, and USA Hockey holds his own goalie clinics for those in Massachusetts. This UMass Lowell alumn in a Hall-of-Famer and served as an Assistant Coach for his alma mater.